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[ 2 ] Jun. 6, 2013

Meet Community-Minded Art-Preneur Urszula Abolik: Her Amber Connection Is Much More Than A Cool Store

For many, the phrase “think globally, act locally” –which urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities– is a wonderful catchphrase that we all aspire to implement. But Urszula Abolik embraces this vision as a main tenet of her marvelous store-gallery-creative workshop-gathering place- […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 6, 2013

Hotels Compete for Guest Attention Through Technology Offerings

Several hotels and hotel chains are putting a greater focus on technological upgrades to attract today’s tech-savvy travelers. Some of the newest hotels, such as the Radisson Blu hotel at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., tout automated lighting and air-conditioning, RFID-enabled room keycards and in-room iPads.

[ 2 ] Jun. 6, 2013

7-Eleven Will Promote Specials Via Mobile App In Summer

7-Eleven is running an “#Awesummer” promotion via its mobile application throughout the summer, offering mobile coupons and special offers such as 49-cent Slurpee weekends and free Snickers Ice Cream Bars. “7-Eleven is very excited at the fast growth of app downloads and great guest engagement in the app with the ‘App Feedback’ feature,” says Danielle […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 6, 2013

How Unishippers’ CEO Went From One Unit To Running The Company

Dan Lockwood took over his first Unishippers Global Logistics franchise in 1991 and was named executive vice president and chief products officer a little more than a decade later. In 2011, Lockwood became CEO of the Utah-based company, which manages shipping details and negotiates carrier rates for customers. “I’ve always had the desire to lead, […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 6, 2013

Best Residential Blower Perfect For Small Business Landscapers

The new Ryobi Backpack blower brings professional power to your small business. The blower features an extra large 42cc engine and variable speed throttle to make quick work of the toughest of clearing jobs. Learn more at www.ryobitools.com.

[ 0 ] Jun. 6, 2013

How To Be The Coach Your Employees Need

Coaching doesn’t mean telling people how to solve their problems, says business whiz Dan McCarthy. The real aim is to give workers the skills they need to find and implement their own solutions. “We all like to be advice columnists when it comes to other people’s problems. The problem is, when you don’t give employees […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 5, 2013

Senator Advocates Tax Breaks For Veterans-Turned-Franchisees

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is leading a bipartisan campaign to create tax credits for veterans and their spouses who buy a franchise as part of a push to help veterans having a hard time finding jobs after returning home. According to a study by the IFA, one out of every seven franchises is owned by […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 5, 2013

When Legendary Mail Order Catalogs First Published

Here’s a list of well-known mail order catalogs and when they first published: Hammacher Schlemmer: 1848 Spiegel Inc. : 1865 Montgomery Ward: 1872 Eaton’s: 1884 Sears & Roebuck: 1893 L.L. Bean: 1912 Eddie Bauer: 1920 Miles Kimball: 1935 Vermont Country Store: 1945 Walter Drake: 1947 Cohasset Colonials: 1948 Lillian Vernon: 1951 Taylor Gifts: 1952 Harriet […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 5, 2013

Have You Done A SWOT Analysis?

It’s a good idea to access your small business with a SWOT analysis every quarter. Take a sheet of paper and begin: Strengths: Jot down the ways your small business goes above and beyond your competition. What do you do better than all the rest? Weaknesses: Now write down the things you are not providing […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 5, 2013

Renegades Write The Rules

In Renegades Write The Rules: How the Digital Royalty Use Social Media to Innovate (Wiley, $26.95) author Amy Jo Martin, founder and CEO of social media agency, Digital Royalty and Digital Royalty University, reveals the innovative strategies behind the social media success of today’s top celebrities and brands, and how to follow their lead in […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 5, 2013

Upscale-Resale Fashion Chain: Clothes Mentor

Clothes Mentor aims to help women be fashionable and frugal.  With 40 better brands like Talbot’s, Chico’s, Ann Taylor and Coldwater Creek and designer brands like Coach, Dooney & Burke, Kaspar and Tahari.  And $13 average prices.   And cash-on-the spot for selling name-brand, quality-condition fashions here. The Clothes Mentor national franchise has 80 stores open, […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 4, 2013

How To Be A Mail Order Millionaire

Fred Broitman, a well known mail order authority and principal at Sunman Direct, Chicago’s largest independently owned Direct Response Advertising Agency, has completely revised and updated his book “How To Become A Mail Order Millionaire.” This comprehensive manual to help you start, run and manage your own mail order business includes all new section on […]

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